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April 13, 1990 | From Associated Press
Two Mexican Customs agents were in custody Thursday, accused of trying to take $2.4 million across the border from the United States, U.S. Customs officials said. The Mexican officials based in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, were charged with failure to report that they were leaving the United States with more than $10,000. The violation of the U.S. Currency Reporting Act carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and fines up to $500,000. U.S.
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WORLD
December 7, 2009 | By Tony Perry
An estimated $10 million a day is smuggled out of Afghanistan, most of it through Kabul's international airport, rather than through secret routes over the mountains or across the desert, the country's finance minister said Sunday. The amount of corruption, both by public officials and officials of private companies, makes him embarrassed to acknowledge while traveling that he is an Afghan, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said. "Corruption is a stronger threat than terrorism for Afghanistan," said Zakhilwal, who was appointed in February and is the top financial advisor to President Hamid Karzai.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1990 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than two dozen Vietnamese-Americans, including seven from Orange County, who allegedly attempted to smuggle more than $250,000 in cash and gold out of the United States face stiff fines for violating Customs regulations, officials said Wednesday. Customs agents seized the gold and cash Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport as 28 Vietnamese-Americans were about to board a Philippine Airlines jet bound for Manila.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A prominent U.S. Muslim activist accused of involvement with groups that finance terrorists pleaded not guilty in Alexandria to charges of trying to funnel Libyan money into the United States illegally. Calling him a flight risk, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton refused to release Abdurahman M. Alamoudi and set trial for Feb. 16.
NEWS
June 26, 1988 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Money is increasingly becoming a central issue in the more than six-month-old uprising by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the early stages of the conflict, involving spontaneous demonstrations against Israeli rule and closures of shops, actions were largely unorganized and took place without much consideration for the economic consequences.
NEWS
December 7, 1988
Switzerland's highest court ordered the bank records of an Israeli arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra affair be turned over to U.S. investigators. The Federal Tribunal in Lausanne lifted strict banking secrecy rules in rejecting Yaacov Nimrodi's appeal of a decision by Swiss police to grant legal assistance in the investigation.
NEWS
August 2, 1987 | Associated Press
A New York state senator was arrested Saturday in the posh Plaza Hotel after an undercover agent gave him $150,000 in cash to spirit out of the country, the FBI said. Democratic Sen. Andrew Jenkins, who had booked flights for Saturday night to Brussels and on to Zaire, was arrested after a two-month sting operation, Joseph Valiquette, a spokesman for the FBI, said in Manhattan.
NEWS
November 23, 1991 | Associated Press
A woman was arrested when trying to smuggle money out of the country, including $6,000 in 12 balloons she swallowed, customs agents said Friday. Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked Vivien Mensah how much money she was carrying as she awaited a flight to the African nation of Ghana. She said she had $9,000, officials said. When a search of her bag turned up $24,000 concealed in bed sheets, Mensah admitted that she had swallowed several balloons stuffed with money, customs agents said.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A prominent U.S. Muslim activist accused of involvement with groups that finance terrorists pleaded not guilty in Alexandria to charges of trying to funnel Libyan money into the United States illegally. Calling him a flight risk, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton refused to release Abdurahman M. Alamoudi and set trial for Feb. 16.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1990 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank Retamoza insists he had no intention of joining the family business when he traveled south to Tijuana in 1980 to visit his cousin at the El Presidente hotel. But his tall, square-jawed cousin presented a tempting role model. Surrounded by his usual fawning delegation, including four bodyguards, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was on his way to amassing cash and property worth an estimated $1 billion as one of Mexico's most notorious drug lords.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reputed top aide to the Arellano Felix drug mafia in Tijuana pleaded guilty Thursday to federal trafficking charges in U.S. District Court in San Diego, authorities announced. Everardo Arturo Paez Martinez, 34, admitted his role in a trafficking enterprise and in conspiring to launder money in connection with smuggling nearly four tons of cocaine from Mexico between 1988 and 1996.
NEWS
May 16, 1992 | RHONDA HILLBERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal jury on Friday acquitted Scott R. Deitrick, an administrator of the Armand Hammer Foundation in Los Angeles, of charges that he smuggled $60,000 in cash into the United States. Deitrick, 38, had been returning home to Los Angeles from London in October when he was arrested at Twin Cities International Airport. Customs agents discovered he was carrying the undeclared currency, most of it in his cowboy boots. Agents said he was confronted because he looked nervous.
NEWS
November 23, 1991 | Associated Press
A woman was arrested when trying to smuggle money out of the country, including $6,000 in 12 balloons she swallowed, customs agents said Friday. Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked Vivien Mensah how much money she was carrying as she awaited a flight to the African nation of Ghana. She said she had $9,000, officials said. When a search of her bag turned up $24,000 concealed in bed sheets, Mensah admitted that she had swallowed several balloons stuffed with money, customs agents said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1990 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank Retamoza insists he had no intention of joining the family business when he traveled south to Tijuana in 1980 to visit his cousin at the El Presidente hotel. But his tall, square-jawed cousin presented a tempting role model. Surrounded by his usual fawning delegation, including four bodyguards, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was on his way to amassing cash and property worth an estimated $1 billion as one of Mexico's most notorious drug lords.
NEWS
April 13, 1990 | From Associated Press
Two Mexican Customs agents were in custody Thursday, accused of trying to take $2.4 million across the border from the United States, U.S. Customs officials said. The Mexican officials based in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, were charged with failure to report that they were leaving the United States with more than $10,000. The violation of the U.S. Currency Reporting Act carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and fines up to $500,000. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1990 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than two dozen Vietnamese-Americans, including seven from Orange County, who allegedly attempted to smuggle more than $250,000 in cash and gold out of the United States face stiff fines for violating Customs regulations, officials said Wednesday. Customs agents seized the gold and cash Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport as 28 Vietnamese-Americans were about to board a Philippine Airlines jet bound for Manila.
NEWS
May 16, 1992 | RHONDA HILLBERY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal jury on Friday acquitted Scott R. Deitrick, an administrator of the Armand Hammer Foundation in Los Angeles, of charges that he smuggled $60,000 in cash into the United States. Deitrick, 38, had been returning home to Los Angeles from London in October when he was arrested at Twin Cities International Airport. Customs agents discovered he was carrying the undeclared currency, most of it in his cowboy boots. Agents said he was confronted because he looked nervous.
WORLD
December 7, 2009 | By Tony Perry
An estimated $10 million a day is smuggled out of Afghanistan, most of it through Kabul's international airport, rather than through secret routes over the mountains or across the desert, the country's finance minister said Sunday. The amount of corruption, both by public officials and officials of private companies, makes him embarrassed to acknowledge while traveling that he is an Afghan, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said. "Corruption is a stronger threat than terrorism for Afghanistan," said Zakhilwal, who was appointed in February and is the top financial advisor to President Hamid Karzai.
NEWS
December 7, 1988
Switzerland's highest court ordered the bank records of an Israeli arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra affair be turned over to U.S. investigators. The Federal Tribunal in Lausanne lifted strict banking secrecy rules in rejecting Yaacov Nimrodi's appeal of a decision by Swiss police to grant legal assistance in the investigation.
NEWS
June 26, 1988 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Money is increasingly becoming a central issue in the more than six-month-old uprising by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the early stages of the conflict, involving spontaneous demonstrations against Israeli rule and closures of shops, actions were largely unorganized and took place without much consideration for the economic consequences.
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